Bikini record will make a splash

The interest in creating a world
record number of people wearing bikinis on Seven Mile Beach is gaining
momentum.

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming
Association world record team will create the world record to raise money for
the local swimming community on Thursday 17 June.

Avril Brophy, Maria Butler, Monica
Czorny, Dr Sook Lee Yin, Brenda McGrath and Nicole Wild Merl are the team
organising the event and they hope to have 1,000 bikini wearers at Public Beach.

It will be two days before the
annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim so a lot of interest is guaranteed.

 “We have applied and received the record breakers
pack from the Guinness World Records,” said Wild Merl.

“The largest bikini parade was
achieved by 287 participants in an event organised by Kellogg’s Special K in
Johannesburg, South Africa, last November.

 “In keeping with the current
Guinness World Record guidelines, our attempt will be measured by the number of
volunteers who participate with the intention of blasting the current record.”

Males as well as females are
encouraged to don bikinis for the cause. Entry is $15 and all proceeds will go
to the swimming programme.

So far bikini posers include girls
in the swimming programme and the CIASA team, including Tom McCallum, Frank
Flowers and Mark Matthews who wore bikini t-shirts. The Olympians Shaune and
Brett Fraser and Heather Roffey are supporting the cause too.

As a non-profit organisation they will
use the donations raised from this event to fund various swimming programmes,
including development of swimming as a life-skill for youngsters to make them
water-safe and development of Cayman’s competitive swimmers to get them
eligible for international Games like CARIFTA, CAC, Pan AM, Commonwealth and
ultimately the Olympics.

The funds will also be directed to
support community events such as the open water sea swims both in Grand Cayman
and Cayman Brac and adult swimming programmes through the Hammerheads Master
Swim Club.

Dr. Yin said: “We want to thank
John Broad, our local artist, who specially designed and hand painted the
bikini body t-shirts worn by the male CIASA directors.

“We are also hoping that the
spectators who will come down to support the bikini line up will purchase these
t-shirt for this historic event. They are a limited edition.”

For more information, email: [email protected]

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Olympians, from left, Brett Fraser, Heather Roffey and Shaune Fraser are supporting it.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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